El Jolgorio Arroqueño Mezcal
El Jolgorio // Oaxaca, Mexico
This mezcal is distilled from 100% Agave Americana -- commonly known as arroqueño -- which grow semi-wild in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. The agave are harvested after 14 years and pit-roasted in the traditional manner. The roasted piñas are crushed using a mule-drawn tahona before the juices are open fermented. This mezcal is double-distilled and produced in small batches due to sustainable practices in conserving wild agave plants. Arroqueño is known for its enormous size and long ripening period -- as long as 30 years.
Mezcal JovenA spirit distilled from one or more different varieties of agave. Can only be produced in designated areas within 8 different Mexican states. Must be bottled in México. This is unaged or aged in stainless steel or plastic containers before bottling.
"This is a mezcal that commands your full attention with a rollercoaster of aromas and flavors, most of them on the fruity side, some natural and some artificial flavors. On the nose, cactus pear, aloe vera, durian, cotton candy, Runts fruit candy and lime zest to name a few. The journey continues on the palate with ash, watermelon, sweet apple, and blossom water. This is an extremely expressive mezcal that just leaps out of the glass. "